The Give Back Challenge 2019-2020
What is the Give Back Challenge?
The Give Back Challenge started several years ago, a KVMHA coach had a neighbor who had cancer and needed help with lawn work in the fall. The team came out and helped this neighbor with his yard work. The results were a yard that was ready for winter and a team that felt good about helping someone.
This coach saw the benefits to his neighbor and his team from completing this project and so a good deed became part of the season for his teams. Along comes social media and we were able to easily communicate to our teams about this great idea and the Give Back Challenge was born.
KVMHA has approximately 65 teams each year, that's a lot of hockey teams! Local communities have been very supportive of our teams by participating in fundraisers, attending games etc. So the Give Back Challenge is a way for teams to say thank you. Minor hockey associations rely so much on volunteers, we at KVMHA feel its important to instill a sense of community mindedness in our players and the importance of volunteering and this is a fun way to do it.
No project is too big or small, teams from IP to Midget can participate. Its totally up to the team if they choose to participate. It's pretty amazing to see how kids playing hockey coming together and helping out. We have helped many people and organizations. We post information on what teams do to celebrate these good deeds and to spread the word and inspire others to join in!
Two years ago we have over 20 teams participate. Last year we banded together as a group and put on a benefit game for one of our own players and this year seems to be the year of challenging other association teams to join us. If you do a Give Back Challenge...no matter what NB minor hockey association you are in, let us know and we will post your story. Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org
Give Back Challenges 2019-2020
Keep those give back challenges coming..... the Peewee AA Hawks collected food for two schools in need. A good deed indeed!
Huge shout out for the IP program for completing the first IP Give Back Challenge ever!!!! They collected toys, socks, food, personal care items and lots of other great stuff and donated the items to local charities in Greater Saint John. They made christmas cards to accompany their donations and hosted the Sussex IP teams at their Jamboree before Christmas!!! Santa thought it was great.
The Atom A Vipers named their Give Back Challenge Girls Helping Girls, they collected items for Hestia House. This group is so busy we haven't got a pic yet!!!!
The Bantam Canadians donated their time for their give back challenge....they greeted, completed the 50/50 and helped run the Maddy Murphy Memorial Game between Rothesay and KV High.
The Bantam Capitals hosted almost 40 kids from the Joshua group for a skating party over the Christmas break. At the end of the party they were able to leave the kids with donations of helmets, skates, jackets, mittens and socks. Then the Capitals donated $250.00 they had made serving breakfast a few weeks prior. Fantastic!!!
The Atom A Kobras completed 2 give back challenges.....they held a food drive for Princess Elizabeth School and made cookies for Outflow!
The Novice Red Wings helped the KV Regional Police Force fill their van with with groceries and toys at Sobeys.
Novice Vipers filled gift bags for patients who will be in hospital for Christmas!
The Atom AA Hawks hosted a food drive at Ecoheat and former NHL'er Chris NIlan was on hand to meet and greet players. They also donated food to Romero House ! Way to go Atom AA Hawks!!
KV Peewee A Sabres used Development Weekend to kick off the The Give Back Challenge Season, by sharing their ice time with the Novice 1 Predators. Lots of fun was had, new skills developed and new friendships were made! Great job, Sabres and Predators!